William L. DeBuys

Contact Billy

205-868-6015 - Direct
205-868-6099 - Fax
Email Billy bdebuys@starneslaw.com

100 Brookwood Place
7th Floor
P.O. Box 598512
Birmingham, AL 35259

Download vCard

William L. DeBuys
Associate

Billy, a native of Birmingham, is an associate at Starnes Davis Florie.  Billy enjoys a diverse practice with a primary focus in the area of workers' compensation defense.  His practice also includes federal black lung litigation, bad faith and outrage claims, toxic torts, premises liability, construction litigation, and general personal injury claims.

Highlights

* Obtained summary judgment on behalf of beverage manufacturer and distributor in a products liability matter.

* Obtained summary judgment on behalf of employer in a retaliatory discharge/wrongful termination matter. 
 
* Obtained defense verdict for employer in a workers' compensation case in which the employee alleged he was permanently and totally disabled as a result of a back injury suffered on the job.

* Obtained complete dismissal of coal mining company from case in which plaintiff trucking company sought indemnity for its liability under the Black Lung Benefits Act.  Dismissal was affirmed by the Alabama Supreme Court following oral argument.

* Integral part of trial team that secured a defense verdict in a two-week wrongful death case arising from a fatal trucking accident in South Carolina.

* Obtained full summary judgment on behalf of employer in a workers' compensation matter involving occupational butanol exposure.

* Obtained defense judgment for nursing home in four day arbitration involving claims by plaintiff for personal injury and wrongful death.

Honors And Awards

While attending Cumberland School of Law, Billy served as Executive Editor of the American Journal of Trial Advocacy.  He was also a Scholar of Merit and a Judge Abraham Caruthers Legal Research and Writing Teaching Assistant.

Billy graduated from Washington & Lee University with a B.S. in Business Administration with Special Attainments in Commerce.

Community Involvement

Billy is a member of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association (ADLA), the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the Birmingham Bar Association, and the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance. Billy also serves as the Treasurer for the Workers' Compensation Section of the Birmingham Bar Association.

Speeches And Publications

* "Workers' Compensation Subrogation in Third-Party Actions," Alabama Self Insurers Association (ASIA) Newsletter, Vol. 3, Pages 10-12, Fall 2016.

* Workers' Compensation Subrogation in Third-Party Actions, Alabama Self Insurers Association (ASIA) Summer Conference, Destin, Florida (August 9, 2015)

* Workers' Compensation Subrogation in Third-Party Actions, Birmingham Bar Association Workers' Compensation Section, Birmingham, Alabama (April 16, 2015).

* How Medical Issues Factor Into the Settlement Process, Workers' Compensation Hearings:  Techniques and Strategies for Success, National Business Institute Seminar, Birmingham, Alabama (December 12, 2012).

* Ethical Issues in Workers' Compensation Cases, Workers' Compensation Hearings:  Techniques and Strategies for Success, National Business Institute Seminar, Birmingham, Alabama (December 12, 2012).

Related News

5/17/2017 SDF ALERT: Alabama's Workers Comp Law Unconstitutional?

5/10/2016 SDF Attorneys Laird & DeBuys Secure Defense Verdict in a Workers' Compensation Case

4/13/2016 Federal Black Lung Litigation Practice Group -Blog Post

12/18/2014 Workers' Compensation Bulletin - 2014 Case Law Update

2/14/2014 Three Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Invited to Join the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

7/29/2013 Starnes Davis Florie's Workers' Compensation Defense Bulletin (Summer 2013)

1/27/2012 Wright, Bates and DeBuys Prevail in Nursing Home Malpractice Arbitration

Practices

Automobile Liability Defense
Construction Litigation
Federal Black Lung Litigation
General Civil Litigation
Long Term Care & Nursing Home Litigation
Toxic Torts
Workers’ Compensation Defense

Education

J.D., cum laude, Cumberland School of Law (2010)

B.S., Washington & Lee University (2005)

Bar Admissions

Alabama

Courts

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama